According to Akon, Nigerians are the world’s smartest people. The Senegalese-American artist made this statement in an interview that has generated discussion online.
Speaking as a guest on the Drink Champs podcast, which is co-hosted by N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Akon asserted that Nigeria produces more billionaires than any other country in the world.
Akon acknowledged that a few “bad apples” are damaging the country’s reputation, though.
He said, “This could be debatable, but the Nigerians are the smartest people on the planet. I promise you, there is nobody more smarter than a Nigerian. Of course, there is a few bad apples that came out. They [the bad apples] are extremely smart. But they put their intelligence all in wrong place.
“If they were to gear that towards something more positive or productive… Because the ones that did, there’s more billionaires being made in Nigeria than anywhere in the world.”
Akon, best known for his songs “Locked Up,” “Lonely,” and “Oh Africa,” recently revealed his intentions to develop a futuristic “100% crypto-based city” on 2,000 acres of land.
He is one of the well-known artists who seem to be rediscovering their African roots.
Lu Lu Lu Badara Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Akon Thiam, better known by his stage name Akon, is a Senegalese-American musician, record producer, and businessman who was born on April 16, 1973. He gained notoriety in 2004 after the release of “Locked Up,” the lead single from his debut album Trouble (2004), which featured Styles P, and “Lonely,” the second single.
Akon frequently contributes vocals as a featured artist and is currently recognized for more than 300 guest spots, more than 35 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and five Grammy Award nominations. He is the only solo artist to occupy the top two positions on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time twice.
The RIAA has given Akon four songs with a 3 platinum certification, three songs with a 2 platinum certification, more than ten songs with a 1 platinum certification, and more than ten songs with a gold certification. He was recognized by Guinness World Records as the top-selling master ringtone artist worldwide.